Drug task force stages two more raids

TWO MORE raids were conducted in Martins Ferry Wednesday by the Belmont County Drug Task Force. Confiscated in the two busts were cash, prescription medications and various drugs and drug-abuse instruments.

Martins Ferry Police Chief and Task Force Commander John McFarland said warrants were obtained for the raids early Wednesday.

The first raid was conducted at 1114 N. 9th St. Scott Strauss, 48, of the address, was taken into custody. He was booked into the county jail on charges of two counts of trafficking in drugs and two counts of possession of drugs. Bond was set at $22,735. McFarland said $200 in cash was confiscated in the raid.

The second raid was conducted at 1831 N. 9th St., St. Myer Terrace. Arrested was Leroy Brewer, 42, of the address. He was booked into the county jail on charges of two counts of trafficking in drugs, marijuana, resisting arrest with a weapon and drug paraphernalia. A total of $300 in cash was seized. Bond was set at $22,485.

The arresting officer said when Brewer answered the door, he had a knife in his possession and was holding it in a threatening manner. The officer seized the knife, and it is being held as evidence.

The raids were the third conducted in two days by the Belmont County Drug Task Force. The raid on Tuesday, at a motel in St. Clairsville, resulted in the arrest of James E. Church of Cleveland. Confiscated were $15,000 in cash, crack cocaine, heroin, percocet pills, marijuana, stolen property, a 9-mm. firearm and scales used in distributing drugs. Bond for Church was set at $1,250,000.

“We are going to do all in our power to convince drug dealers that we mean business and will not tolerate them in our county,” Chief McFarland said. He praised the excellent work done by the task force officers.